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Old postcard showing aerial photo of Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 7 - Today’s postcard is an aerial shot of the village and surrounding valley. The postcard was produced by Photochrom Co. Ltd. They are based in London and Tunbridge Wells and were established in 1896. There’s no date or stamp to tell us when it was produced but the existence of the Walnut Tree Viaduct tells us ... more...
Painting of Merthyr Road in Tongwynlais “Reflections of Tongwynlais” by Kevin Williams - Kevin Williams is holding his “Reflections of Tongwynlais” art exhibition at the Bethesda Chapel in Tongwynlais for this year’s Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Festival. The exhibition is Kevin’s second “Village Project“, in which the Taff’s Well born artist produces paintings and drawings of scenes in and around the village. He collaborates with local schools and the ... more...
Old postcard of Castell Coch and The Ynys Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 6 - I have a few postcards produced by Ernest T Bush but don’t know much about the man or his collection. After purchasing some postcards at a local sale, the dealer mentioned that the gentleman opposite was a keen collector of Bush postcards and that he’d produced a series of books. I introduced myself to Derek ... more...
Two monkey sculptures on a bed Discovering the Squatters at Castell Coch - A collection of fantastical creatures have taken over the castle in a new exhibit at Castell Coch. The sculptures, by acclaimed artist Laura Ford, are presented by TEN. and Cadw. Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism opened the exhibit last week at a special preview event. Cat Gardiner, the curator ... more...
Squatters at Castell Coch Laura Ford: Squatters at Castell Coch - Castell Coch is hosting an exhibition by renowned sculptor Laura Ford at the end of next month. The work is presented by Cat Gardiner of TEN in partnership with Cadw. Ford imagines a direct conversation between the past and present; one where parrot-children flock to disrupt festivities in the banqueting hall; monkeys run amok in ... more...